Warren LeGarie Rumors
The Kings were awaiting the arrival of Golden State Warriors assistant Mike Brown on Thursday as they entered what could be the final hours of their coaching search. One question that has lingered in league circles is whether Brown would be willing to leave a good situation with Golden State to take on a reclamation project in Sacramento, where the Kings are trying to end an NBA-record 16-year playoff drought. NBA agent Warren LeGarie, Brown’s representative at WGL Management, addressed that question in an exclusive interview with The Sacramento Bee, saying Brown is prepared to accept the job if the Kings offer it to him.
“Mike is willing to take the job based on the fact that he knows he’ll be supported and have a chance to win,” LeGarie said. “He sees this as a good job and looks forward to being asked to be the head coach.” LeGarie said the job is appealing to Brown for a number of reasons. “First and foremost, he likes the people who are working there,” LeGarie said. “He loves the arena. He thinks that’s a natural resource that will help attract players because you’ve always got to have a place where the fans are involved and the facilities are terrific. And he believes the team has enough talent to give them a real solid chance of becoming a playoff contender.”
Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse has enough ties to California to face his former agent’s lawsuit, a federal judge ruled on Monday. Agent Warren LeGarie contends he is owed a commission on a reworked contract Nurse signed with the Raptors in 2020, along with other damages. LeGarie filed his complaint, which contains breach of contract and related claims, in June.
Nurse and LeGarie began to work together in 2013, when the Raptors hired Nurse as an assistant coach. Nurse, 54, had 24 years of coaching experience by that point—including stints in college, Europe, the U.S. Basketball League and the G League—and yet he did not have an agent. In a meeting with Raptors officials, the team suggested Nurse retain LeGarie, who has represented Rick Carlisle, George Karl, Terry Stotts and other NBA coaches and executives.
From Toronto, Nurse called LeGarie, who was in San Francisco where his agency, WGL Management, is headquartered. In this case, location matters. LeGarie claims that Nurse asked him to be his agent. Nurse, meanwhile, asserts that LeGarie agreed to review the Raptors contract in Toronto. LeGarie and Nurse never signed a written contract. They instead used what LeGarie terms “an open-ended agreement that resulted in ongoing negotiations between [LeGarie], on behalf of Mr. Nurse, and the Toronto Raptors.”